Colonel ROME has been 2nd-in-command 77th Indian Infantry Brigade
since its inception. Through his previous experience as G.1
Airborne Division in England and his skill in adapting his knowledge
he helped in a very great degree to plan and achieve the success of
the Airborne landing of this Brigade. After having supervised the emplanement of the whole Brigade which at the time consisted of
seven battalions and two Artillery Troops, he took over command of
BROADWAY landing ground in the heart of BURMA. This he organised for
defence in such a skilled manner that it withstood a determined
attack by a Japanese battalion lasting for five days, from 27th
March to 1st April 1944. In this battle he was the driving force of
the active defence and finally went out to supervise the successful
counterattack and follow up which completed the utter defeat of the
battalion of which only about 150 reached their base.
He continued to command BROADWAY for 2 1/2 months and skilfully
controlled the two Floater Columns which not only assisted the
defence but also controlled all traffic on the IRRAWADDY.
On 25th May 44,the Brigade was ordered to despatch one battalion
to attack MOGAUNG. Colonel ROME was put in charge of this operation.
He acted with such speed and skill that with a tired battalion
marching over 300 feet hills in heavy rain he surprised the enemy
and seized a vital pass and a defended 1500 ft hill overlooking
MOGAUNG on June 1st. This operation accounted in many ways to the
success of the next four weeks' battles.